Tracie Sanlin is the current principal of Chicago Collegiate Charter School. As a 4th generation teacher and 3rd generation Chicago educator, Ms. Sanlin is dedicated to the city of Chicago and the greater Roseland community. Both of her parents graduated from Fenger High School and her family has been active members of the greater Roseland community and schools for nearly 60 years.
Prior to joining the team at Chicago Collegiate Charter School, Ms. Sanlin was a principal with Chicago Public Schools. At her former school she managed 60 staff members, served approximately 800 students, and managed a yearly operating budget of $2,850,000. During her tenure she increased the school’s enrollment by nearly 10%, improved student attainment on NWEA, and engaged a number of community partners to improve student’s educational experiences. This included piloting an arts partnership with Changing Worlds and 21st Century Community Learning to secure a commitment of $550,000 to support out of school programming for 5 years.
Her experience as a school administrator has been bolstered by her operational, and instructional leadership experiences while at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School (AFBMS) in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Sanlin was a founding 7th grade teacher and taught social studies to 6th, 7th and 8th grade scholars. During her tenure she also wrote and piloted the implementation of a current events curriculum, and a network wide social emotional curriculum. She also created new student leadership opportunities for her scholars as school librarians and led the efforts to create the first school-wide library in the network. After transitioning from being a classroom teacher, Ms. Sanlin was the director of her school’s Saturday Academy while serving as the school’s Operations Manager. As the Saturday Academy Director, she was responsible for designing and creating weekly intervention materials for 70 scholars and 15 tutors. 94% of scholars who participated showed significant growth in math, and on average scholars grew at least 7% on Reading interim assessments. Her program also outperformed the network of 20 schools on 15 out of 17 metrics for tutor satisfaction and meeting program goals. During this time, Ms. Sanlin also spent a year learning the intricacies of school operations. This allowed her to develop a deep understanding of school finance, food services, student transportation, and health services. She also managed a $100,000 budget for field trips and student incentives.
An active alumna of Teach for America (L.A.), Ms. Sanlin worked tirelessly as an 8th grade History and Science teacher, in South Central Los Angeles as Los Angeles Academy Middle School (LAAMS). While at LAAMS, Ms. Sanlin had the unique experience of piloting an inquiry based science curriculum-as one of 50 teachers participating in the program district wide.
Ms. Sanlin holds a bachelor's degree in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington, a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters in School Leadership from Harvard University. Ms. Sanlin is also a published author of chapters in New Teachers in Urban Schools: Journeys Towards Social Equity Teaching. She currently resides on the South Side of Chicago and loves to spend time with her family, gardening and shopping!